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Netty



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:06 pm    Post subject: Henpecked  Reply with quote

We picked up s half a dozen chooks from an egg farm that were having a cull a month or two back. None of them looked particularly healthy (but not ill either iygwim) especially so as they are all moulting.

Anyway, we noticed that they were attacking eachother now and again and now that they are picking up and looking a bit better, the henpecking is getting worse. So much so, I had to take out one little hen as I am sure they would have killed her.

Anyone got any suggestions as to how to stop it? They now have plenty of room/food etc but still spend most of the day bunched up and squabbling.

Grateful for any help on this.
Thanks
Annette
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its a problem that occurs in poultry you could try anti peck spray or beak bumpers/glasses (this would be option as it is a instant fix to a problem that can lead to death for the pecked birds.

if you pm me your address i can send you some
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks.
pm is on its way!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

 we are new owners of 4 chickens, we had some wood in the garage and my partner made a pen with nesting boxes, it was a realy good afternoon makeing a house for them then. for there run we had a peice of grass all round the garage which they love. a few feeders, think they were £3.50 each. a bag of layers pellets £7.50 (lasts four hens over a month) and finally the hens £3.50 each (4 in our case) i think there warrens!red! were learning on the job a bit and have to say there the best pets ever, so cheeky and funny.  
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and so lovelly that they lay you a few eggs a day too  Welcome to the slippery slope of poultry keeping - I started with 4 hens and now......
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Kerry,


I sure I am speaking for everyone on here when I say we love a DIY project. especially if it is garden or animal related, (and even better if you have used recycled materials) if possible please post up some photos of your Birds and their house.



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes have got some pics but unsure of how to put pics on. yes i think i am goin to get a couple more as we only seem to be getting 2 eggs at the most a day, is this norm? thanks guys  
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're only getting two a day from our 5 at the moment, so I'm sure you've no need to worry. And you'll be surprised at just how quickly even two a day produces a pile!!!

As for pictures? If you open a photobucket account (www.photobucket.com) or similar, you'll be able to upload pictures to an unlimited online directory & copy & paste the url to the pictures directly from there

There are others you can use, but photobucket's the only one I'm familiar with
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

About five months ago we were given four hens and a hen house. We were told that these 'middle aged ladies' were about four years old and although still laying, they were coming to the end of their time. On average we were getting between one and three eggs a day but about three weeks ago they all stopped laying.

Is this likely to be temporary and will they begin laying again? We are considering getting a couple of point-of-lay hens to keep them company.

If the worse comes to the worse, are 4yr old hens any good to eat, not that my wife wants that.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are having a rest Paul but they will lay again.
With chickens as they get older you get diminishing returns year on year.

They produce the most eggs in their first laying season and in the second year, although you'll get fewer eggs, this can be offset by the fact that their eggs will be bigger.
The big commercial egg producers tend to get rid of their birds after their first year of egg production but for us hobbiests, its usually worth keeping our hens for a second season.
After that, its up to personal choice as to whether or not you keep your birds any longer. The head says to eat them or get rid of them, where as the heart often tells us different. After their second egg laying season, they are definately on a downward spiral as far as economics go.

Depending on what space you have, it would be possible to add some POL pullets to your stock but I personally wouldn't. For me it would be a case of in with the new and out with the old. I'd get rid of them and then  thoroughly clean, spray for bugs and disinfect the chicken accomodation before bringing in some pristeen new stock.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bodger for that most helpful of replies.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The incubator at school has stopped turning so we have been turning by hand.  I was supposed to have the incubator at home for the weekend to turn them, but... it's been forgotten and is locked in an alarmed school and I can't get to it. I'm proper panicking what do you think  their chances are, (they are 10 days in.)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might be OK

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